Tell us about your project
OneWalk is an annual community march held in Learning Disability Week. It launched in 2017, because we kept hearing the same stories – people with a learning disability having a disjointed experience of community, feeling outside of, left out and unwelcome. All of this isolates them from everyday activities that many of us take for granted and reduces the opportunity to develop skills in social interaction, further adding to their feelings of isolation and loneliness.
OneWalk seeks to address this and through it’s campaigns give voice and presence to Mansfield’s learning disability population, encourage the wider community and businesses to join with them, walk in solidarity and make pledges that will bring about change.
2018’s event is on Thursday June 21st and the campaign is ‘What if…’
Inviting people to complete the sentence and either march with it on a banner, post to our Facebook or just respond to the call.
Here’s a video that shows what OneWalk is all about:
What are you trying to do?
Highlight the inequality experienced by people with learning disabilities.
Say it’s not good enough and push for change and parity of opportunity.
Use call and response campaigns to effect change.
Last year over 300 people marched, this year we want more!
What makes it different from other projects?
I don’t think there is anything else like this, but I may be wrong.
Why do you see yourself as punks in the community?
Revolutions change the world.
What’s your top tip for ‘keeping it punk’ and making a difference to people’s lives?
Believe in radical.
Could you give us a quote or two from some of the people who benefit from your project?
Here are some but I have hundreds 🙂
What other groups inspire you?
Stay Up Late obvs!
All the others are Mansfield based – keepin it local –